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McDONALD AIMS TO RECTIFY MIDWEEK DEFEAT

26 October 2023

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McDONALD AIMS TO RECTIFY MIDWEEK DEFEAT

26 October 2023

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Kevin McDonald has called for the Bantams to “rectify” Tuesday’s defeat in Milton Keynes, as City make the long trip to Sutton United’s VBS Community Stadium.

There were a few areas of City’s play at Stadium MK that satisfied the caretaker player-manager, but the Scot has claimed plenty of work has been put in since the final whistle on Tuesday night to avoid a repeat of the heavy defeat.

“There has been plenty to reflect upon after the defeat on Tuesday,” he said.

“We are disappointed and it was one of the games where there is a lot to address.

“We will look to rectify it on Saturday and look to bounce back.

“The aim was to carry on the good form that we had been building, and we travelled back with one of the worst performances since I have been here.

“We have to see it as one mistake and that will be that.

“On Friday, we will look at how we control possession and other things we can improve on.

“The result did not reflect a whole lot positively, but there were things that I was happy with.

“We will be set to get all three points on Saturday.”

The 34-year-old is using the defeat as a reminder of where the squad levels need to be at, and that each player needs to remain prepared going into every encounter.

The caretaker boss is aware of the situation Saturday’s opponents currently find themselves in, as Sutton sit bottom of Sky Bet League Two, but McDonald insists the “league position is irrelevant” and City must maintain high standards.

“In a way, the defeat can be used as a reminder that not every game is easy,” he added.

“The players always take it seriously, so I will never take that from them, but perhaps we were just not as prepared as we should have been.

"We cannot focus on where Sutton are, or what they are doing. We fell short in numerous different areas, but we will bounce back.

“The aim is promotion and you really cannot go into any game thinking 'this game is going to be easy', just because your opponent is bottom.

“The league position is irrelevant. We have our standards high - higher than what they were at MK Dons - and want to leave Sutton with the three points.”


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